The Big Ten Conference is going to be one of the best conferences in all of college basketball this season or that is at least what the polls are indicating. The Big Ten will have the honor of starting the 2012-13 college basketball season with three of its teams in the top five in not only the USA Today Coaches Poll, but also the AP Top 25.
In both polls, the Indiana Hoosiers are ranked No. 1 overall, the Ohio State Buckeyes No. 4 and the Michigan Wolverines No. 5. If the polls have any indication on how the season will go, the college basketball world better watch out for this conference.
Cody Zeller will lead a very stacked Indiana team that returns all five starters from last year’s team. The Hoosiers have one of the best defenses in the nation, and a pretty good offense to go along with it. Indiana was 19th in the nation in points scored last season, with 77.3 points per game. Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey will all be back this season. All four of those players except for Sheehey averaged 10 or more points per game last season, and, of course, Zeller did with 15.6 points per game. Zeller and the Hoosiers really have the chance to be something special this year.
As for the Ohio State Buckeyes, they lost Jared Sullinger and William Buford over the offseason, but there is no reason for Buckeye fans to panic because they will still have one of the best point guards in the country on their team in Aaron Craft, and a possible Naismith candidate in Deshaun Thomas. Ohio State will rely on its defense all season long, but you can bet that Thomas and Craft will make some noise in the upcoming season.
Out of all three of these teams, Michigan is ranked the lowest in the polls, but by no means is that depressing. Being ranked No. 5 in the nation is never a bad thing. Michigan will be led by its two guards, which help make up one of the most lethal backcourts in the nation. Trey Burke led the team in scoring last year as a freshman, with 14.8 points per game. He also had 3.5 rebounds per game and 4.6 assists per game, which was also a team high. Tim Hardaway Jr. was not far behind Burke in points, putting up 14.6 points per game. These two players will score a good amount of the points for Michigan, but when you have two superstars on your team you kind of have to expect that.
As of right now, the Big Ten Conference owns the top five in college basektball. These three teams have a chance to be great this season, and the polls would have to agree with me on that one.
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